4.17.2017 Prayer Prompt: Is It a Sin to Cuss?

PRAYER PROMPT ••• I have debated writing this for months, worried about how it would be received for three reasons: 

  1. I don’t want to come across as judgmental
  2. those who know me before my relationship with God will likely call me a hypocrite
  3. people I know may be offended, and that’s not my intent. 

So with those three concerns out on the table – the question is…. is it a sin to cuss? 

Let me start by saying – concern #2 is valid because before I began walking with the Lord, this girl could (and did) cuss like a sailor. 

There are those who would argue, “there’s no ‘thou shalt not cuss,’ in the Bible” or “it’s just a word!” 

Technically, both arguments are true, but I need to share this… When I got my life on track with God, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart about my words.

The Bible says that we are IN the world, not OF it.

We are to set ourselves apart. 

In Ephesians, it says not to let corrupt words come from our mouths, but speak words of encouragement and praise. 

If our language is a reflection of the world’s standards, not God’s, are we having the influence we could have for Jesus? 

With that said, I’m not judging. 

If you are a Christian who cusses, that’s between you and God. 

But God put it on my heart to write this. 

Perhaps someone who reads this needs to pray about this with Him. 

If your language includes words you wouldn’t say in church, in front of your minister, or Jesus Himself, perhaps it’s time to reconsider your options. 

Again, I’m far from perfect and since I began walking with God, I can’t say I’ve never slipped with my word choices; but I’m far more mindful of them. 

The Holy Spirit reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 12:36, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” 

All I ask you to do is pray about it. 

NOTE: Feel free to comment, but these prayer prompts are meant to be between you and God. Matthew 6:6 — But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

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